Motive A Puzzle In CA Couple’s Shooting Rampage That Killed 14 At Party


A married couple suspected of carrying out a shooting rampage that left 14 dead in San Bernardino, Ca., had dropped off their 6-month-old baby with her grandmother hours before the violence, a family member tells the Los Angeles Times. Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, said they had a doctor’s appointment when they left their daughter with the grandmother. Authorities say Farook and Malik then opened fire at the Inland Regional Center. Hours later, they were killed in a shootout with police. “Why would he do something like this? I have absolutely no idea. I am in shock myself,” said Malik's brother, Farhan Khan.

Police identified Farook and Malik as suspects in the mass shooting during a Christmas party for the San Bernardino County Public Health Department. Farook, who had worked for the department for five years, left the party “under some circumstances that were described as angry,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said. Farook and Malik were dressed in black masks and tactical gear, armed with long guns and pistols, when they entered a holiday party as it was in full swing, police said. Before they fled, they had killed 14 people and wounded 17 others. Co-workers described Farook as quiet and polite, and said he had no obvious grudges with anyone in the office. The 28-year-old had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia and returned with a woman he met online. The couple appeared to be “living the American dream,” said Patrick Baccari, a fellow inspector who shared a cubicle with Farook.

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